In creating a beautiful home, don’t forget the outdoors. I know how easy it is to forget the front walkway and porch, but try to think of your outside entryway through your guests eyes. Your outdoor area is a prelude to your home’s interior, so create an outdoor space that gives guests a sneak peek into your lovely home. Create a welcoming porch and patio by avoiding these decorating mistakes.
A big decorating mistake is using fake flowers—in particular in planters. Keep your patio or porch natural with fresh flowers and real plants. Artificial flowers won’t have the same texture and scent as the real thing. Potted flowers instantly perk up your home’s façade and provide a refreshing aroma.
Reserve artificial flowers for wreaths, but spring for realistic looking florals. It’s easy to switch out wreaths and floral accents seasonally. Bright and fun-colored flowers such as pretty hydrangeas are perfect for a summer wreath. Grapevines, burlap, and fall-colored berries are great for your fall wreath, while winter berries and boxwood are lovely on a Christmas wreath.
When decorating your porch or patio, it’s best to match your furniture and accessories with the changing seasons. Switch out the cushions of your outdoor seats to match the season. And, if you live in an area with a lot of snow, it’s better to cover or store outdoor furniture and accessories because the cold and moist climate can damage them.
Too Small Outdoor Rug
A good outdoor rug should catch all the mud and grime from your shoes before you enter the house, so make sure it’s the right size. An undersized rug will look awkward and out of place, and will not be as efficient as an adequately sized rug.
No Color at All
As an extension of your interiors, your outdoor space also needs a bit of color to spice things up. Add small touches of color such as brightly painted furniture to give your porch or patio a boost. You can also use accents such as colorful lanterns, vases, and other ornaments that can easily be switched out depending on your mood or to match the season.
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